They’re wedding cake stand-ins, they’re topped with everything from sweet breakfast cereal to bacon, and they’re popping right off the breakfast plate and onto restaurant menus nationwide. It’s safe to say designer doughnuts are having a moment.
SF&WB visited the Europain & Intersuc, March 8-12 in Paris-Nord Villepinte, attended by nearly 77,000 baking industry professionals, to discover all of the new products showcased by 804 exhibitors and brands. Along with seminars given a special buzz by the most prestigious national and international competitions and a host of other events, the baking and pastry-making show was filled with both dynamic and innovative introductions.
From humble beginnings 40+ years ago in a small bakery near Boston to a 30,000-sq.-ft. plant today in Chelsea, Mass., outfitted with four production lines, Golden Cannoli Shells Inc. now generates more than 100,000 cannoli shells each day. The more spacious plant is also allowing the bakery to significantly increase its capacity.
The bases are loaded when it comes to sweet goods and snack cakes. Though sales are sluggish, consumers want sweet treats to be healthy but still like to indulge a bit. But with fewer calories and fat, portion packaging and better-for-you formulations, today’s sweet treats won’t stay in the dugout for long.
Specializing in brownie bars, cookies, animal crackers and other sweet goods, Old Colony Baking Co. and Spring Valley Baking, its sister company and contract baking facility, both in Spring Valley, Ill., believe quality is their top priority. It’s what consumers and customers have come to expect.